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GRAPEVINE, Texas (WWAY) — The Boy Scouts of America National Council voted 61 percent in favor of allowing openly gay young men into the club, on Thursday.

“I don’t have a problem with you being gay, but I don’t want women in the Boy Scouts, I don’t want gays in the Boy Scouts,” Thurman Burgess, a former Wilmington Boy Scout said.

With the lift of the ban, Burgess says the organization should not be called the Boy Scouts of America any longer.

“Just say we have scouts. Let anyone in who wants to be in it, but if its boy scouts, leave it Boy Scouts,” Burgess said.

Burgess goes on to say that he also feels this decision may place Scouts at risk.

“Predators find those opportunities to ease into situations and make gays and lesbians look like they are all predators,” Burgess feels.

There are also concerns that the decision will in turn obligate the Boy Scout leaders to teach sexuality to our youth.

“We will be required to teach homosexuality to young boys, as young as six, and have to explain to them what that is. I think that sexual discussion needs to be at home with the parents,” Brad Kiser, a Cub Scout parent said.

Others support the decision and say a male’s sexuality should not be a factor in joining the 100 year old organization.

“I don’t think it should be a concern of anyone else’s,” Walker Payne, of Wilmington said.

Jennifer Tyrell, a former pack leader believes “it is a small step in the right direction, but huge in other ways.”

The change will be effective at the start of next year.

The decision does not reverse the ban on gay scout leaders.

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69 Comments on "Boy Scouts accept openly gay boys"

2015 years 10 months ago

That’s right, folks. Just find someone else to hate in the name of the Lord.

2015 years 10 months ago

The appallingly ignorent sentiment’s spewed forth from the hatches of the pro homosexuol community on this matter is absurd, which is to be expected from a hotbed of libberal activity like wilmington, and furthermore, the homosexuols don’t want to get married or go to boy scouts in the first place, they just want to stir up trouble for everyone and get everyone to pay attention to them and think that they are special littel snowflakes because of their sexual orientation, and furthermore, the people who get on here and rail against and condemn heterosexuolity are probably secretly heterosexuol themselves, and don’t honestly belive what they are saying, it was just taught to them by their marxist-leninist-ooga-boogaist college educated libber parents, handing down igorance to the sheeple masses, so in conclusion if you want a gay pride pink boy scout parade gay day fiesta go to commiefornia please, ha!

2015 years 10 months ago

yes yes we all know homosexuality is a sin and I will admit I am not the best Christian example but i will but my cent in on this. A sin is a Sin and all sins are forgiven by Christ and before God.

I don’t approve of the life style but there is no way I am going to keep a child from learning right from wrong and the values scouts can teach

2015 years 10 months ago

Are you listening to yourself? Do you really believe your own drivel? You actually believe that gay boy scouts can now be “morally straight”? That they can live their lives with “honesty”? That they are “clean” in their speech and actions, and they’re persons of “strong character”? You’re delusional!

A gay boy scout is totally opposite from all of that! They have no morals, their speech and actions are dirty and repugnant, and their strong character is only in their own minds. As you yourself said, “there have always been gay scouts, they just had to lie about until now”. That should give you some idea of their “strong character” when they have to lie to cover up their lifestyles.

BSA didn’t “do the right thing”. They caved in to the pressure they received from gay rights groups with powerful lawyers. Now they’ve become as sissy pants as the gay scouts they will be admitting.

2015 years 10 months ago

They already know right from wrong, and that the gay lifestyle they’re living is wrong. They don’t need to be in Boy Scouts to learn that. They need to learn it from their own parents and a moral society, which America is obviously getting away from; but that will never make it right.


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